Will Weslye Saunders Get His Suspension Reduced Or Lifted Soon?

It was reported on Friday by Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News that New York Giants running back Andre Brown had his four-game suspension lifted by the league following his appeal hearing. Brown had been suspended for four games back in March for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, which ended up being Adderall, a prescription medication normally used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Brown reportedly had a prescription for the drug, which he said he had taken since entering the league, but that he did not get prior approval before taking it.

In a similar case, Houston Texans punter Brett Hartmann had his four-game suspension reduced down to three following his appeal. Hartmann had been suspended for taking Ritalin, which can also be used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder like Adderall. Following his suspension being reduced Hartmann said, “It was just for ADD medicine, but now I have approval to take it from our doctors and the NFL doctors. I just made a mistake. Should have got that approved before. Just got to move on. Serve the three game suspension.”

Now the question is whether or not Pittsburgh Steelers second year tight end Weslye Saunders will get his four-game suspension reduced or lifted. Saunders has appealed the suspension that was handed out in early February after he tested positive for Adderall. It is unknown if he had a prescription to take the drug and just failed to get it approved by the league like was the case with Brown. If it turns out that Saunders just didn\’t get the approval of the league, we could see his four-game suspension dismissed entirely.

With training camp just under two months away from getting started, one would think that Saunders should be getting word on his appeal soon. You would think that he wouldn\’t have appealed it unless he had a prescription, but other factors could possibly play into it as well that we are unaware of. We shall wait and see what the verdict is.

Saunders made the Steelers 53 man roster last year as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina.

  • JayBirdDC

    Did one of the Dave’s say that Wes Saunders had a bad rep in the training room on the terrible podcast? Where was that reported?

  • I didn’t get the impression that Saunders had prescription, because of twitter comment he made after testing positive:

    “RT @pjrassega @Wes_Saunders88 How didn’t you know Adderall was illegal? lolll —cuz my 11 yr old brother takes it. Had no clue”

    It sounds like he is saying that he used his brothers Adderall.

  • Scatter

    I don’t remember hearing anything negative about Saunders on the podcast. I hope you’re just having an Alzheimer’s moment, because I’ve got high hopes for this kid.

  • SteelersDepot

    He has since retracted that according to Wex.

  • Jprankster2005

    Saunders said he took his brothers medicine

  • usernamegoeshere

    Early on they mentioned something to the effect of him getting a rep for always being in the trainers room

  • usernamegoeshere

    He was reported as being kind of a pain in the ass, always in the training room complaining about this or that

  • SteelersDepot

    Um, look above.

  • RIP

    Does Saunders have ADHD? Was he just taking someone elses, or what. Do they really need this type of problem on the team? He cant seem to remember pass routes so maybe he needs this stuff. Can an NFL player cope with this learning disability and still be able to help a team win?

  • Piper

    some “types” are born this way — half empty mentality. I hope Karma comes around and bites down —

  • SteelerDave

    He may have retracted his statement but the public is not stupid. It is very clear he has access to adderall through his younger brother. He does not deserve his suspension to be lessened. He needs to learn his lesson.

  • SteelersDepot

    Would make no sense for him to appeal if he did not have a valid reason to take it like a prescription. If you read the tweet again, it can be interpreted like he thought it was legal to take because his brother took it as well. Not that he actually got it from his brother.

    RT @pjrassega @Wes_Saunders88 How didn’t you know Adderall was illegal? lolll —cuz my 11 yr old brother takes it. Had no clue

  • Intropy

    See, my initial reading of his tweet was not that at all.

    He is asked why he didn’t realize it was illegal to take Adderall. I read that “illegal” means against the policies of the NFL unless cleared with them ahead of time. He responds that it didn’t occur to him that Adderal would be a banned substance because it is innocuous enough that his brother, who I assume would not be in a position where “juicing” is advantageous, takes it.

    Nowhere in that do I get the impression he got it from his brother. It’s just that to Saunders “banned substance” meant something like anabolic steroids, and Adderall is nothing like that class of drug. He was wrong, obviously, but it seems like a fairly innocent mistake by that reading. We don’t know at this point. But if he had a prescription I chalk it up to understandable carelessness that wont repeat, and hopefully he gets the suspension lifted.

  • SteelerDave

    I understand the retracted twit merely shows his younger brother takes it, and one has to assume his brother has a prescription. Where I differ is my thinking, “why retract that twit unless he wants to keep his brother out of trouble whom he at least at some point likely got the adderall from?”

    He could appeal for two reasons in my view; either he has a prescription or he honestly did not know it was a banned substance.

  • JayBirdDC

    This is the most in-depth analysis I’ve seen of a tweet.

  • Wdmason

    I would think that if asked about it being illegal, he would simply say I have a legal prescription and there would be no reason to mention his brothers medications online.

    I think retracting the statement was a good idea. He’s young and its possible he just got confused.

    Its honorable to stick up for our players and I wish him the best. I would imagine he now has a legal prescription but will it be enough after the fact? I hope he produces an old script and I hope to see him back because everyone deserves a second chance..

  • Wdmason

    I see what you are thinking. He has a legal prescription and because his 11 yr old brother also has a legal prescription he didnt think it was a banned substance.

    I can see that as a possibility.

    Myself I would never have mentioned my brother I would simply say I dodnt know my legal precription needed to be reported. But we all make mistakes.

  • SteelerDave

    I do like the talent potential Saunders has for our team. However, he has always come across by media as being a distraction and immature as a result. We have no way to know if he had or has a prescription for adderall. Regardless, it is a banned substance and failure to report prescribed medicine to the league is a punishable offense. I expect pro athletes to be held accountable for their judgements just like the rest of us are at our employers.

  • Wdmason

    No he didnt say that but if it turns out he cannot produce a pre-dated script, it would seem a possibility.

  • Wdmason

    Maybe Im beating a dead horse but the part that bugs me is why doesnt he just come right out and say he has a prescription? Maybe we will soon find out.